The Centre is committed to ensure 24×7 affordable, quality and uninterrupted power, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said while inaugurating a rural feeder monitoring scheme here on Tuesday.

Goyal said the Centre has asked power distribution companies to devise a system so that consumers can be intimated about expected power cuts and their duration. They should also be intimated after the power cuts end. In this system, the consumer could also view real time power outages in any part of the country and lodge a complaint on power outages in his area, the minister said.

“I would like to urge all the states to join in this excellent initiative to be a part of this effort so that anywhere in the country, if there is a problem of power outage, the people know about it in advance. It will help save many lives in hospitals, help people better plan their lives,” the minister said.

Goyal said it would monitor the quantity and quality parameters of power supply in rural areas of the country. The entire data would also be hosted on National Power Portal (NPP) on real time basis and may be accessed by various stake holders through web services. In order to facilitate real time communication of faults appearing in power supply, the government has set December 2017 as the deadline to achieve cent per cent rural feeder monitoring by installing additional meters and modems on all feeders across the country, he said. These meters would be geo-tagged to pinpoint the cause and location of the fault and address it at the earliest, the minister said.